Visual Storytelling: Phoenix Tattoo – Sheridan Dastrup

For an example of good visual storytelling, I chose to bring up the storytelling that goes along with tattoos. Many people don’t necessarily think of tattoos as a method to tell stories but what a lot of people don’t consider is that there is a reason why someone gets a tattoo and there is usually symbolism behind each tattoo that they get. A tattoo is a big decision, one that cannot be taken back when made, so people usually think out what they are getting and apply it to their lives. When a person gets a tattoo they are telling a story and giving people in a visual world an insight to their life, to their past, and to what they find is important.

In the case of this tattoo, they chose to get a phoenix. A phoenix is a mythological bird that burns itself to death and then becomes reborn as a new bird from its own ashes. Typically it represents starting over or breaking free. When people choose to get this bird put on their body, they are telling a story even if they were not intending for it to. When someone gets a tattoo, that tattoo is for them but it tells a background story. The tattoo of a phoenix is a story of being unhappy and leaving that situation to become reborn as a new person. This is a great way to tell a story and to allow the people who see it, to learn more about the person it is on. It is a way of showing that even though they have gone through hard times, the person getting this tattoo is starting fresh.


3 thoughts on “Visual Storytelling: Phoenix Tattoo – Sheridan Dastrup

  1. meaganmthornton February 20, 2015 / 5:07 am

    I find this blog post to be very accurate, as my wife is a professional tattoo artist at Anchor Ink in SLC. Behind every tattoo is a story that lives beneath the flesh. Tattooing is a unique art and a very personal way of telling stories with skin. I find it to be fascinating. ~ Noah Bailey


  2. meaganmthornton February 20, 2015 / 6:54 pm

    Awesome post, Sheridan! I completely agree with you about the storytelling power of tattoos. I feel, that in addition to the personal story/connection between an individual and their tattoo choice, there is a broader story between the individual and the community or the history of the art. Not to mention, a lot is said about the person’s pain tolerance. Do you have any tattoos?
    – Steph Hunter


  3. meaganmthornton April 19, 2015 / 4:27 am

    Hey Sheridan! I love tattoos and I’m so happy you brought this up! I think our generation has an appreciation for tattoos as storytelling but I think skeptics of tattoos don’t fully appreciate it as such. Love your comments! -Cassie Goff


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